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Fuck this franchise.

–Mindy to Ethan Landry.

Melinda "Mindy" Meeks-Martin is a main character in Scream (2022 film), and its sequel (2023 film). She is a survivor of the 2022 Legacy Killings in Woodsboro, California, and the 2023 Killings in New York City.

Mindy is the daughter of Martha Meeks, niece of Randy Meeks, as well as the twin sister of Chad Meeks-Martin. She is also a member of Tara Carpenter's friendship group. Much like her uncle, Randy, she is a horror fanatic and the go-to girl for anything Stab related, including attempting to find the killer and uncover their motive.

When the Ghostface killings start again, Mindy immediately pinpoints that the new killer is attempting to remake Stab (2021), better known as Stab 8, by doing it as a requel to the original Stab (1997). Mindy's predictions are not always correct, however, as she assured Wes Hicks that he and his mother would be safe from the killer, only for them to be the next target and victims.

Mindy attends a party at Amber Freeman's house and is attacked by Ghostface in a similar manner to Randy. She is able to fight off the killer and he is scared away by Samantha Carpenter. After the killers are unmasked and killed, Mindy is wheeled out of the house and taken to a hospital, surviving her injuries.

After graduating high school, she enrolls at Blackmore University in New York City and forms a romantic relationship with Anika Kayoko. When a new killing spree begins, she witnesses Anika's murder at the hands of Ghostface. Whilst travelling on a subway, Mindy is attacked and stabbed by Ghostface, but is able to survive her injuries. This time around, she correctly predicts the identity of the killers.

She is portrayed by Jasmin Savoy Brown.

Biography

Background

Mindy was born on approximately September 30, 2003 alongside her twin brother, Chad to 21-year-old, Martha Meeks (appears in Scream 3).

It is unknown whether she grew up in Woodsboro, California. Due to her absence in Scream 4, it is possible she lived with her father (possibly in Ohio if Joel Martin is the father) then relocated sometime after the Second Woodsboro Murders (2011), during the time which Sam Carpenter babysat her (approx. 2012—2016).

2022 Woodsboro Legacy Murders

Oh my God, he's making a requel! Or a legacy-quel, fans are torn on the terminology.

–Mindy to Sam as she gives her speech pinpointing motives, paralleling her uncle Randy from the video store, in her home theater memorial for him, Scream (2022)

After Tara Carpenter is attacked by Ghostface, Mindy and her friends visit her in the hospital and are also troubled by the return of Vince Schneider to Woodsboro, who was Liv McKenzie's ex-boyfriend and now stalking her. The next day, Mindy and Chad host their friends and Samantha Carpenter, Richie Kirsch and Dewey Riley, as they discuss the new attacks at their house.

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Reflecting her connection to Randy, Mindy is able to deduce that the Ghostface killer(s) is trying to create a "requel" to Stab 8 to appease the toxic fandom by tying in new characters and legacy characters. The next night, Mindy attends a party at Amber Freeman's house to commemorate Wes Hicks' (and partially his mother, Sheriff Judy Hicks) where she puts on the original Stab (1997) on the TV and watches with other attendees, despite being in and watching it at the same house, 261 Turner Lane, in which one of the original Ghostfaces, Stu Macher, resided at and also held a party almost 25 years ago.

When Amber goes down to the basement alone, Mindy follows her and warns her about not trusting anyone and not coming down to the basement alone as that's how she'll die. When Richie and Samantha arrive, she declines Richie's request to go down to the basement with him and the two laugh as Richie states that he'll "be right back". After he leaves, she deems to herself, "...He's dead." (sort of comedic relief)

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Mindy continues watching Stab, the scene where Randy is telling Jamie Lee Curtis to look out behind him, and she warns Randy to look behind him, unaware that Ghostface (Richie) is behind her. She spots Ghostface and a fight breaks out between the two of them with Mindy getting stabbed. Samantha hears the commotion in the other room and comes to find her struggling to fight off Ghostface. Samantha grabs a lamp and smashes the killer in the head and he relents on Mindy. Ghostface runs away and Samantha checks on Mindy who fell unconscious with her stab wound.

After the killers, Amber and Richie, are killed, Mindy is loaded out into an ambulance. As she is loaded into the ambulance, she shares a glance and gives a thumbs up with her brother, Chad, who also survived his attack. Before being loaded onto the ambulance, she is greeted by Sam with grasping her hand tightly glad that she is alright.

Aftermath

Following the murders, Mindy recovered from her wounds and after graduating from Woodsboro High School moved to New York City with her twin Chad, and Tara to attend Blackmore University. She enrolls as a film student and eventually meets and strikes up a romantic relationship with Anika Kayoko.

The New York Ghostface Murders

But it can't just be about Stab 2. (...) It would make sense if this were just a sequel. But we're not in a sequel. Because nobody just makes sequels anymore. We're in a franchise, and there are certain rules to a continuing franchise. Rule one: everything is bigger than last time. Bigger budget, bigger cast, bigger body count. Longer chases, shootouts, be-headings. Be-headings. You gotta top what came before it. Rule two: whatever happened last time, expect the opposite. Franchises only survive by subverting expectations. If the killers last time were whiny snowflake film nerds with Letterbox accounts instead of a personality, you can bet the opposite will be true here. And rule three: No one is safe.

–Mindy delivering rules to franchise to Core Four and others at Blackmore University, an homage to her uncle Randy delivering rules to Dewey back in Windsor College, Scream VI

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Mindy attends a Halloween frat party with Anika, Tara, Chad and Chad's roommate Ethan Landry when she is involved in an altercation with a known date-raper student, Frankie, who wants to take advantage of Tara. After Sam intervenes, Mindy leaves the party with the rest of the group and goes with them to Sam and Tara's apartment that they share with roommate, Quinn Bailey. The group witness a news report about the murder of student, Jason Carvey and come to the conclusion that Ghostface is back, approximately thirteen months after her and her twin as well as the Carpenter sisters narrowly survived the 2022 Woodsboro Legacy Murders near the 25th anniversary of the original, in September 2022.

The next morning, Mindy gathers the group to discuss the rules of a "sequel to the requel" and immediately pins Ethan, Quinn and Anika at the top of her suspect list. That night, the group all gather at Sam and Tara's apartment to seek refuge for the night and they are ambushed by Ghostface who murders Quinn and her gentleman caller, Paul 2.0, and then stabs Anika. As Tara and Chad escape the apartment, Mindy, Sam and Anika flee to Quinn's bedroom where neighbor, and Sam's boyfriend, Danny Brackett runs a ladder between the apartments to allow them to crossover.

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Mindy holds the door shut as Sam crosses and instructs Anika to go next, but Anika declines and asks Mindy to go first. Mindy makes it across successfully and as Anika tries to cross over and avoid more blood loss, Ghostface breaks into the room and flips the ladder causing Anika to fall to her death. In the aftermath of her death, Mindy draws suspicion on Ethan as he was the only one of the group not be with them that night as he had an Economics class.

Gale reunites with the group and shows them her discovery of Jason's Ghostface shrine containing the old robes and knives of past Ghostface killers as well as various pieces of Stab memorabilia and old clothes belonging to past victims and killers. Mindy bonds with Kirby Reed over their shared love of horror movies and then joins forces with her when Wayne Bailey devises a plan to track down Ghostface by staging a phone call. Mindy is amazed by Kirby's ability to trace a phone call in under 15 seconds.

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After Gale is attacked by Ghostface and left on the verge of death, Tara comes up with a plan to lure the killer in and kill him by trapping him in the Ghostface shrine. Wayne instructs the group to travel in public and they agree to use the subway, however Mindy gets separated from the group when she is held back by commuters and is forced to catch the next subway with Ethan whilst the rest of the group are on another subway.

Whilst on the subway, Mindy keeps her distance from Ethan who she is still suspicious of and she is then forced into a corner and notices Ghostface watching her from one of the seats. As the subway moves in and out of darkness, Ghostface gets closer and closer before finally muffling Mindy's screams and stabbing her. Ghostface disembarks the subway at the next stop and Ethan notices Mindy bleeding out and seeks medical attention for her and she is taken to the hospital.

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After Wayne, Quinn and Ethan are all revealed as Ghostface, in which they are seeking revenge against Sam for killing Richie as they are his father and siblings, respectively. Mindy leaves the hospital and arrives at the shrine, slightly annoyed that she missed the monologue again. She then gets into an ambulance with Chad and goes off with him to the hospital.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Quotes

  • "It always gets out by the second or third killing."
  • "I mean she could still die–"
  • "We're all suspects. Except maybe Liv".
  • "You're way too boring to be a psycho."
  • "Oh my god, he's making a requel. (Everyone stares) Or a legacy-quel. Fans are torn on the terminology..."
  • "Nobody cares about the shitty, inferior sequels, Wes. You're fine."
  • "You go on 4Chan and Dreadit, all they're talking about is how Stab 8 pissed on their childhoods."
  • "With Randy as our uncle though, you and I are probably screwed."
  • Mindy: "I think it's pretty clear who the killer is at this point", Sam: "Who?" Mindy: "...You."
  • "It makes perfect requel sense."
  • Amber: "How do you know I'm not the killer?" Mindy: "Because I am".
  • "I'm not actually. But let that be a lesson... Don't. Trust. Anyone." (To Amber)
  • "Very good!" (Impressed with Amber's caution walking upstairs from the basement).
  • "Well, he's dead." (About Richie going down to the basement alone)
  • "Come on, man! These are your rules! Own that shit!"
  • "Look behind... Oh shit."
  • "I've lost a lot of blood, Sam."
  • "Run."
  • "Oh, I think of it like being struck by lightning. The odds of it happening twice to the same person are extremely low."
  • "Holy shit, that's the chode from our film studies class"
  • "Step the fuck back. You're at the top of my (suspect) list".
  • "They've got the whole goddamn franchise".
  • "Get your Ghostface ass away from me, Ghostface".
  • "Fuck this franchise"

Paternity

The question of her paternity has been speculated, as some fans alleged the father was an important past character. On March 16, 2022, Heather Matarazzo (who portrays Mindy's mother, Martha) did a Twitter Q&A with fans. She re-fuelled speculation after she claimed to know the identity of her on-screen twin children, Chad and Mindy's father.[3]

After several "No" responses, she liked a tweet, asking her to "confirm or deny" with a screenshot of Joel, the cameraman from Scream 2 whose news van was an accessory to Randy's murder, and never re-addressed the topic following this in the Q&A.[4]

  • Actor Duane Martin's surname is also, of course, Martin, a possible nod to his character all along (and a re-working from the original Scream Forever draft where the twins were originally Martinez). This possibility corroborates previous uses by Radio Silence, by using the real-life actor's surname for an unidentified surname of a character, such as Kenny Brown, the cameraman in the original Scream and his actor, W. Earl Brown.
  • Radio Silence spoke to journalist Meagan Navarro and stated that Joel was once mentioned in the official script for Scream (2022) at one point, but it was cut. Given he would have no prior connections to anyone else, it further consolidates this theory.[5] At one point, prior to casting, the first draft screenplay listed Randy's niece and nephew as being of Latin descent with the surname Martinez, and though this was later re-worked when casting calls occurred.[6]
  • It also corroborates rumours of Duane Martin's planned return in Scream 5 that was speculated to be scrapped for COVID-19 reasons, as he teased a return on Instagram that never transpired.
  • Some fans have expressed disliking towards the possibility—due to the appropriateness of it—given the age gap between Martha and Joel when seen in their first appearances (17 and approx. 20s respectively). However, it is possible the pair met much later when Martha was around 20 (circa 2002) before she was pregnant in 2003. If Martha's mother, after Dewey contacted her about his death came to pick up the body where Joel's van would be a crime scene, it is likely she met Joel; a connection with the Meeks family may have formed slowly over time from there.

Trivia

  • Her character name was confirmed by HelloSidney.com.[2]
  • The script for the fifth film reveals her full name is Melinda. (pg. 48)[7]
  • It was originally confirmed on the promotional TikTok @toobrashsarah that Randy Meeks is her uncle.
  • Named after writer Guy Busick's cousin. Also chosen for its similarity to the name Randy.
  • Mindy is the first canon and openly LGBTQ character in the Scream film franchise. She is also the first survivor from the community.
    • Unlike Robbie Mercer, she does not play off about her sexuality in order to be spared by Ghostface.
    • In the 6th film, Mindy can be seen wearing a pin on her jacket that says "she/they", meaning that Mindy uses both she/her and they/them pronouns, possibly making her the franchise's first openly non-binary character.
  • She is technically the fourth LGBTQ female character (third female survivor) in the franchise, with the first being Audrey Jensen from the TV series (the latter two being Audrey's love interests, Rachel Murray and Gina McLane). Overall, Mindy is the sixth out of eight LGBTQ characters in the franchise.
    • However, she is the first Black female LGBTQ character in the franchise, with the past being white LGBTQ female characters from the TV series (she would technically be the second, due to Zoe's shared kiss with Audrey and Noah, hinting to her bisexuality, in Happy Birthday to Me; albeit disregarded, due to Mindy being a lesbian).
    • She would also be the fourth LGBTQ couple, preceded by Audrey's relationships to both Rachel (former) and Gina (current) in the first two seasons of the TV series, and by Manny and Hawkins's secret relationship (the first 2 male LGBTQ characters) from Scream: Resurrection.
    • Also Mindy is the first LGBTQ character in the films, to be played by an LGBTQ actor.
  • Mindy’s attack by Ghostface by getting stabbed on her chest and by her collarbone is referenced with various other victims throughout the franchise such as Casey Becker, Hallie McDaniel, Angelina Tyler, Olivia Morris, and Robbie Mercer, whom she survives in the franchise.
    • Her attack by being stabbed is an inverse to her uncle Randy, who was shot on his upper chest by Billy Loomis but survived, whom would’ve been stabbed had it not been for Sidney’s cries for help which distracted the killer and gave Randy time to leave after Ghostface left him unnoticed. Unlike her uncle, Mindy was attacked by her perpetrator in the costume while Randy wasn't and was shot, making him the first attempted victim to be attacked by an out-of-costume Ghostface killer (Billy).
    • Like her uncle, Mindy's attack by her Ghostface was enough to knock her unconscious, albeit alive, and cause blood loss, leading for their inability to respond when briefly tended do by the protagonists (Sid to Randy, Sam to Mindy).
  • Mindy is also the first Black female character in the film franchise to survive Ghostface, succeeding both Maureen Evans and Hallie from Scream 2, respectively. She would also survive Zöe Vaughn from Season 2 of the TV series.
    • Mindy would technically be (in-order, different killers) the third Black female character to survive Ghostface, preceded by Kym and Liv Reynolds from Season 3, as each survive attacks from their respective Ghostface killers and are injured by them via their knives.
    • Each were attacked during an anniversary murder spree (Mindy in the 2022 Third Woodsboro Murders, on the 25th anniversary of the original one; Kym and Liv in the 2018 Atlanta Murders and although unrelated, took place 4-5 months after the 20th anniversary of the Windsor College Murders, but took place during the week of the 8 year anniversary of the death of Marcus's twin, Deion Elliot, in Halloween 2010).
      • Like Kym, Mindy was also attacked by a male Ghostface (Richie to Mindy, Jamal to Kym), albeit solo, before the said killers were cornered in a room (261 Turner Lane living room in the film, locked gated hallway at Weaver High School in the third season) and each killer would then escape and be faced off briefly, after the arrival of another person (Samantha to Mindy, Shane to Kym).
        • Although in an inverse in the TV series, seeing as Shane arrived behind Jamal as Ghostface silently as Kym was being cornered by an approaching Ghostface and failed to kill the killer after knocking them out via gun-butting (who had a gun) and who silently awoke and attacked Kym and escaped, regardless due to her and Shane arguing about his failure to attack the killer. Sam, however, arrived as Mindy was attacked, and who wasn't argued by Mindy as Richie as Ghostface escaped, perhaps due to Sam not having a gun.
        • Sam arrived as Mindy was attacked and didn't have a gun and didn't knock the killer out, only prevented them from attacking Mindy further by smashing a vase on them, before each Ghostface escaped as they faced off briefly, like Shane facing off a later conscious Ghostface escaping (similarly both Ghostface killers were connected to their diverters, such as Shane being Jamal's co-worker, while Samantha was Richie's girlfriend). Reversed for Shane who did knock Ghostface to prevent from attacking at all, but failed, despite it.
  • Mindy’s knowledge of horror movies, as well as her smooth-talk sarcasm, are traits referenced with similar characters (non-killers) in the franchise such as Kirby Reed, Robbie Mercer, and Liv McKenzie from the films (the latter Mindy's frenemy, due to Liv having dated her twin brother); and from the TV series to Noah Foster, Audrey Jensen, and Kym.
  • Mindy's sarcasm is also a reference to OG trio Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers, and Dewey Riley, as well as Cotton Weary; as well as to others in the TV series to Emma Duval, Gustavo Acosta, Brooke Maddox, Eli Hudson, Zöe Vaughn, Amir Ayoub, Liv Reynolds, Manny, and Hawkins.
  • Mindy holding off after being attacked by Ghostface while Samantha throws a vase at the killer is a nod to when Roman as Ghostface attacked both Dewey and Tyson Fox in an empty bedroom at the Milton mansion, as well as Gale throwing a vase at Roman, in Scream 3.
  • Mindy's partner Anika being killed in front of them, is a nod to Sidney Prescott's college boyfriend Derek, also being murdered in front of her, in Scream 2.
  • Mindy and Chad as siblings both lost their partners to Ghostface killers (Liv from Chad in fifth film, Anika from Mindy in the sixth).
  • Mindy sharing a birthday with twin brother, Chad, despite being born in 2003, is viable in that despite being timeline conflicted, yet canonical, due to their ages being aligned and their birthday can be no earlier than September 30th, 2003 (Continuity Errors, see Refences below) in order to correspond with the Timeline, who perhaps were in the same grade as Tara (and Amber) and repeated senior year, or were juniors in 2021 and would be slightly older than Wes and Liv.
  • Both Mindy and Chad are the second pair of siblings in the film franchise, both as a brother and sister duo, and as twins (first as opposite sex, thus fraternal and biologically unrelated; excluding half-siblings Sidney and Roman in Scream 3, as well as Elliot twins and Jamal in Season 3), preceded by:
  • In the original script, Mindy said the line "Hmm... Tara said she fought back hard, you've (Chad) got bruises", not Amber. This was re-worked, as it would not make sense for Mindy to question her brother. (The script is self-aware of this, as Chad calls the accusation "seventeen-kinds-of-fucked-up", but in the final production, it would have unnecessarily complicated things).
  • In the original draft script, Mindy and her twin brother's surname was "Meeks-Martinez", and their father named Carlos appears in the house with Martha.[3]
  • Somewhat Ironic: She tells Wes Hicks he is safe because "nobody cares about the shitty, inferior sequels" (in reference to Judy Hicks being a character in a Stab film, likely the reboot directed by Rian Johnson, but also a meta joke at Scream 4), yet Mindy's existence is predisposed on the existence of a sequel character, Martha in Scream 3.
  • She heavily references Randy, her uncle.
    • They are the nerdy types and know about horror movies, except Mindy is more hip.
    • Despite being nerdy, both mingle and quite social at parties, however, Mindy is more active than Randy was, as Mindy actually hooked up with Frances.
    • Despite being Randy's niece and sharing many of his traits, she is not the expert of her film. She is knowledgeable and accurate while her uncle is precise to seemingly a psychic level when it comes to horror.
  • Red herring: As Liv grows tired of her false accusations, and threatens her with the idea she will die because she is "the expert", the expert is actually Dewey Riley (who was originally referenced as the expert by Sam).
    • Within a moment's notice, Dewey was able to predict Richie was the killer, while Mindy was false in Sam being the killer, she was merely accurate with the killer’s possible intentions of the reallife requel to make Sam the killer because she is Billy, the original mastermind’s daughter.
    • Mindy was also naive to both Richie (who later almost killed her) as well as her own friend, Amber.
    • Technically, as Liv was correct (saying the expert dies), this later hinted at Mindy's eventual survival after her attack, because she is not the expert after all. Dewey was the expert and died, and years prior to him, was Randy, the original expert and her uncle whom also died.
    • Mindy is the third film geeky high school student like her Uncle Randy Meeks and her former neighbor Charlie Walker.

Gallery

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Mindy Meeks-Martin has a Photo Gallery.

Appearances

Character Guide

References

  1. The Third Woodsboro Murders in Scream (2022) took place on the 26th anniversary, so just after the 25th anniversary of the September 1996 murders, thus in September 2022. Mindy was born approximately on September 30th, 2003, so she would’ve been 17 the year before and turned 18 (2021), who in 2022, was now 18 turning 19.
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